Tips on water damage prevention and maintenance

“The average American uses between 80 to 100 gallons of water a day, so it’s no wonder that some of it goes “astray” and leads to water damage situations.”

When you consider how much water the average person uses a day it’s not really that surprising to realise that water damage happens all the time. Having insurance that covers water damage is one of the best things you can have especially relevant area that is susceptible to it but insurance doesn’t cover everything. For those things that insurance doesn’t cover the best thing you can do to prevent the damage from happening in the first place.

Imagine you had to hold to 1 pound weights in your hands above your head for 24 hours day seven days a week. You are more than capable of holding those weights out for a great length of time and eventually your arms will tire and you’ll be forced to let the weight drop. That is what it is like for a hose or pipe that is constantly under water pressure. The pipe or hoses designed to withstand great pressure but eventually it will wear out and burst. The best thing you can do is relieve the pressure from time to time. If you know that you and your family event we waived for some time you may want to switch off water to the house. This will take the pressure off your pipes and will extend their working lifetime.

Another persistent source of leaks is often the toilet. Leaking toilet can waste as much as 100 gallons of water every day. Thankfully finding out whether you’re not you have a leak is very simple. For a few drops of food colouring in the tank of the toilet and spend about 15 minutes watching it. If by the end of that time the colouring is still there then you do not have a leak but if it’s gone then it’s time to call in a plumber.

In general terms the average water damage repair job takes about 45 days to complete. That’s a month and a half of inconvenience that could be avoided by regular maintenance on your part. These are professionals who will do the work as fast and as efficiently as possible but it will be unavoidably inconvenient. There are a few things you can do to limit or eliminate the potential damage to your home.

  • If you’re planning on leaving your home for any great length of time you should switch off the water at the main source to your home. This will prevent water leaks from happening while you’re away and are unable to deal with them. Even if only leaving for an hour you should switch off any running water such as a washing machine.
  • If you have rubber supply lines leading to your washing machine, dishwasher or other appliance you should consider replacing them with metal ones. The rubber lines distend, burst and we are out with age. Metal supply lines have a much longer life expectancy and are able to deal with much more pressure.

You should flush your water heater tank twice a year to prevent the harmful buildup of minerals inside of it. By flushing it twice a year you are much more likely to get the full life expectancy out of your appliance and to not wake up one day to find your house flooded by a broken water heater.

Time to protect your home or business from water damage

Natural disasters are by their very nature and not preventable. A certain level of preparation may be possible but in general the long-standing preparations you set in motion are what you have on hand during a natural disaster. Is your home or business prepared for a flood or fire? It’s not possible to prepare for everything but you can take certain steps to prepare not only yourself but also the building in which you live and work for what’s coming.

  • Fires can begin instantaneously and with little to no warning. You and your family should already have a dedicated fire escape plan so that were the worst to happen you would know exactly what to do. You should set up a place outside of your home or business to meet in case of a fire. You should make sure regularly that your smoke alarms are fully charged. You should of course tell everyone to crawl low to the ground when Exeter in a building filled with smoke. This will reduce the amount of smoke that they inhale.
  • Floods generally give you a bit of a warning before they appear and it’s during this grace period that you can prepare. Create a barrier between doors and windows leading into your house and the outside hopefully this will cause the water to run away from your. Shut off electricity to your home in case of a flood. This will reduce the chance of the water reaching the wires of your home and potentially electrocuting you.

The problem with water damage to your home is that its effects are wide ranging and long-lasting. Even a very little storm or flood can lead to wood rot, peeling paint, insect infestation, shorter lifespan of roofing and siding and an all-round increase in maintenance costs. There are some ways what damage can be prevented.

  • Check for leaks around your windows and doors, paying the most attention the areas near the corners. If the paint is peeling that could be a sign that water is getting into the wood. A discoloring of the paint or caulking around the windows and doors and the swelling of the window or doorframe could also be signs of water damage.
  • The pair all replace shingles on your roof especially ran areas were you know what is getting through. Leaks were most commonly found around plumbing vents, attic vents and chimneys. To find the source of the ceiling leak take the measuring tape and measure its location from the nearest outside wall and locate this point in the attic. Be aware that water may pool in the attic and move off in quite a different direction than where it’s coming in.
  • Take a walk around your home and look for any cracks or holes in the external walls, joints, and foundations. Based on the grading around your house you will be able to do pretty good idea of where water will fool around your house.

Look at all the visible plumbing throughout your house and check for leaking faucets and dripping or “sweating” pipes. Inspect washing machine hoses and pipes for cracks and bulges. It’s a good idea of to replace these pipes every few years. Also inspect your water heater for signs of rust and water on the floor.

The restoration of water damage is a process

Whether it be through natural disaster, the result of a fire, mistake or other accident water damage in your home or business takes a great deal of time and money to repair. Hopefully you have insurance and through your insurance you are able to get into contact with professional water Remediation Company that will come in and take the burden off your shoulders. The longer you wait to call in help more likely it is that the problem will have become worse. Water is naturally corrosive and left unattended to can cause major damage to your home or business.

It can lead to:

  • wood rotting
  • the deterioration of dry wall insulation and textiles
  • the growth of mildew molds and fungus
  • the breaking up of cement rocks asphalt and other substances used for your foundation
  • the growth of rust

Altogether this combines to be a very difficult problem to address. Professionals in water restoration had been educated in the various methods used to reclaim and replace the affected areas. There will also be knowledgeable and how to prevent this damage from occurring again.

There will be a time when you have to sit back and let the professionals do their inspection and wait for their results but the wait will be worth it. Instead of one large problem with no solutions you will be left with a list of what needs to be dealt with first and what can wait. Given time professional can get your home or business looking better than it did before.

What is water damage restoration, exactly? It is the rebuilding of an area of your house, business or other building to the state it was in before the damage occurred. It’s getting your house, business and life back in order after you’ve suffered water damage loss. Water damage restoration begins with a property inspection and determination of the extent of any foundation, wood frame, or wall damage.

The source of the water damage can be different in every case. While a failure in plumbing is the most likely culprit sometimes storms and rising floodwaters are to blame as well. Of all the things the storm can damage wood and sheet rock are the most susceptible materials to it. Warping and swelling of wood can happen quickly but over time the wood can start to rot from within. Water causes the sheet rock to deteriorate quickly as it falls away from its fastenings, joints and framing. The longer you leave it alone the longer and more expensive the restoration process will be.

When it comes to your personal property none of that is safe either. Your furniture, carpets, clothes and appliances are commonly affected. After a very short time of submersion furniture and carpets can start to take on a damp and mildew smell and if left unattended can start to grow mold.

Water damage can leave your home or business and your life devastated. Don’t hesitate to call in a quality water damage restoration company. In the end you will save time and money and you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your home or business will be brought back to its former condition.